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A Success Story- Grad Student Balances Endurance Training with Full Course Load

Saturday, April 7, 2018 11:31:11 AM Australia/Melbourne

A Success Story- Grad Student Balances Endurance Training with Full Course LoadWelcome to the Hearlink blog! If you’re just joining us for the first time, we appreciate you being here. You can expect the best of the audiology business. Check back in for industry news, tips and tricks navigating hearing loss, and a first look at the innovative products hitting the market. If you’re familiar with the blog, you know that one of the things that we love most is to champion success stories of those around the world dealing with hearing impairment. It does not need to be a hurdle to live a full and successful life, and today’s topic is surely evidence of that.


David Tolstyka lives in the United States and is a grad student at a school called UT Dallas. He’s always loved to swim and began swimming competitively at age 8. It didn’t take long for him to become an elite swimmer, winning awards right and left.


When David turned 15, he came down with a mono-type illness. It took him out of the pool and he wasn’t sure if he could ever swim again. And then things got worse. David ended up with an autoimmune inner ear disease. This caused tinnitus, which if you’re unfamiliar, creates a continuous ringing noise in the ear and can impact every aspect of your day-to-day life. It only took a matter of months for David’s hearing to veer from 100% to profound bilateral deafness.


As you can imagine, this was a very frightening time for David to navigate. But thanks to modern technology, namely cochlear implant surgery, most of his hearing is already back! This is why Hearlink is so passionate about what we do. The evolution of technology, the improvement of processes and products – year over year – is astounding. We’re proud to be part of such a life-changing industry.


But back to David. First, he’s back in the pool. And not just back in the pool, but winning some pretty impressive accolades. He joined the US National Deaf Swimming team and took home the trophy a few years ago.  He’s also working towards a doctorate. And this is where the story gets good. Based on his experiences, David is looking to give back and so he’s studying audiology. He’s studying at the School of Behaviour and Brain Sciences, which leads to clinical work opportunities and research opportunities at the Centre for Communication Disorders.


David’s is just one of thousands of success stories that remind us here at Hearlink why we love what we do. It’s not just providing products or services to those impacted by hearing loss; it’s reminding you that your goals ambitions should never suffer because of a challenge like this. We welcome you to reach out the Hearlink team and learn more about what we do here. Whether you’re impacted by hearing loss, or it’s a friend or family member, we’d love to hear from you and answer any questions that you might have. 

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